EARLIER this week, Pillow’s features girl Ally Lowe headed over to Roxy Bar in Borough to check out the Beefeater Gin MyLondon film festival – and she certainly wasn’t disappointed…
When a bottle of gin is delivered to your door the day before an event to ‘get you in the mood’, you know it’s going to be a good one. Gin has always been my tipple of choice (vodka is for amateurs), so I was more than a little bit excited by the prospect of an evening of films and cocktails.
As we arrived at the Roxy Bar & Sceen on Borough High Street, we were welcomed by a line up of drinks along the bar to wet out taste buds. My personal favourite has to be the Beefeater Old Etonian.
We settled down at an old-fashioned leather two-seater sofa, complete with a tiny table to stash our canapes – this felt like a proper old-fashioned night at the movies!
The MyLondon Film Festival invited low-budget film makers to make short film (5-10 minutes) about what London means to them, and crucially featuring a bar using Beefeater Gin. The result? A shortlist of twelve very different short movies that were a real treat to watch. From the arty to the poignant to the outright funny, I definitely want a YouTube release.
Unhappy Hour by Jamie Sims took the trophy for best film – must to the shock of the director – and won £5000 worth of film-making equipment. Unhappy Hour (it still makes me laugh just thinking about it) tells the story of ‘one of those days’ where nothing seems to go right.
Take a look at all the shortlisted films HERE.
All in all, the films are well worth checking out if you’re looking for an hour’s entertainment – and, here at Pillow, we’d never say no to a healthy dose of Beefeater gin…